Monday, February 25, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Probably the best look I've had of our TK for the best part of more than three years. We rolled her and the 1949 ML out of their shed for a bit of a shuffle. Both have exchanged places - as detailed in an earlier post - and have been turned around. The TK rolled so nicely it was a dream to drag and push her around. I hadn't been in the cab for a while but was pleased to be reminded of just how good she is inside. Really, all I need to do is re-upholster the driver's seat and get a new floor mat and she is good to go internally (not counting a bit of a wash).
Monday, January 14, 2013
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Monday, September 26, 2011
The superlatives have all been used by everyone who was there and those who have seen the photos online so I won't go on about it too much. However, every superlative used doesn't come close to the camaraderie and good times that were had.
The next run is scheduled for 2013 and interest in attending has already been received by the organisers. My one disappointment was that there were no big British trucks - the Leylands, AECs etc - on the run. That will change for the next one. This year, however, the Bedfords carried the flag!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
So, here we have an a trade ad from 1961 promoting the sense in buying Bedford and, as a small indication of the popularity and continuing appeal of the make, a current ad featuring a J1. Whether it's 1961 or 2011, you really do see them everywhere.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Finding himself bitten by the love bug, Jeff didn’t waste any time getting back down to the Beddy and firing her up. As the ad had said, she ran a bit rough but after a “muck about with the timing”, there was some improvement. A further visit was very productive with the Beddy receiving a new set of plugs, fuel drained from her carburetor and filter bowl and 20 litres of premium fuel in her tank. Quite the birthday but, really, don’t all Bedfords deserve that sort of treatment?
Jeff also reset the points gap and set the timing right. The result? “Running like a Swiss watch”! The brakes have also been sorted so she now pulls up straight.
“Watching him drive it, I’m not sure who had the biggest grin on their mug, me or him!”, said Jeff.
“He did alright too, although the re-entry into the farm was a bit quick but he kept it shiny side up!” The drive home was not without its drama either with a small electrical fire under the dash proving a challenge as Jeff was “singing” along at 40mph.
Another challenge faced the Beddy at her new home with enough hay cut to make 1,000 small square bales. It could be argued the J2’s power proved too much for Jeff’s father-in-law as he kept launching bales over Jeff’s head and back into the paddock but it was simply because he hadn’t used a bale elevator before – second gear and 1500 rpm is a bit too much! Having said that, the Beddy did get a load of 60 bales in 10 minutes!
Above: first load for the J2. Note the bale under the front axle - a product of Jeff's father-in-law launching bales off the elevator!
Despite being a joy to operate, the J2 still has some issues to overcome. Jeff discovered the float wire pivot mounted upside-down which was causing flooding at idle and “pops and farts” under load besides over-fueling/plug fouling. Jeff’s last words about the J2 before I wrote this story were “we got 600 bales in yesterday before the rain beat us.”
Above and below: Oh yes, Jeff found the original delivery slip in the glove box! The original owner a Mr TA Seiffert of Leopold, Victoria (just SSE of Geelong). The truck's serial number is J2LC2/96658/M. Can't quite make out the dealer - it looks like Esler & Belton Motors of Geelong.